Well, I turned 25 yesterday and while I always tend to over-think EVERYTHING, this milestone was looked at from all angles thrice-over, and inspected with a fine-tooth comb. The night before, I was up late thinking about my life and my goals and my past and my future and how I’d better get to sleep cuz I signed up for Hot 26 at 6am.
When I was a (more dedicated) runner (over a month ago), I felt like I had plenty to share when it came to running and life as the two related to each other. Now that I’ve taken some time off from my addictive habit and jumped into some other ones (hot yoga, namaste), I’ve been contemplating other things to write about. I’ve suffered a bout of dreaded writer’s block.
But then the big 2-5 comes into view. Cue the contemplations, the ponderings of life – finally giving me some fodder to feed my creative needs – for now, anyway. I won’t promise it will be even all that exciting, but for me it works, and that’s more of what I’m going for these days.
I give you: 25 Thoughts on my 25th Birthday (or: Taylor’s Stream of Consciousness As She Tries Not to Think About Birthday Cake)
1. Find a partner to stick with who appreciates the finer things in life like you do. Like ice cream.
2. A good pen always extracts better verbiage.
3. Why haven’t they invented a way to eat popcorn or dry cereal without it getting all over your lap/the floor/your keyboard/in between seat cushions?
4. Let’s spread the word about providing basic recycling bins and sustainable materials everywhere, k? It’s 2014. Enough of this let’s give you a separate plastic bag for each of the 20 items you bought at Kroger today nonsense.
5. Talking to yourself has a stigma that it doesn’t deserve. YOU TELL ‘EM, TAYLOR!
6. Walking through the rain – not running – is a great exercise in vulnerability.
7. I don’t care if it’s expensive and high-maintenance: Pedicures are essential for runner-yogis.
8. Never think badly about who you were in the past – you’re pretty awesome nowadays.
9. Fresh basil can turn anything into magic. Except maybe coffee, which is magic enough thankyouverymuch.
10. I fully trust that drivers everywhere would be more relaxed on the roads if more people used their blinkers. But especially the drivers in Nashville, Tennessee.
11. You should sweat every day by making your body move somehow. Our bodies were designed for movement, and the stigma with sweating should also be wiped out. Pun intended.
12. It’s never too late to say “I’m sorry.” There is no statute of limitations on genuine apologies.
13. Playing phone tag is better than not trying.
14. Say ‘no’ when you have a feeling your brain will heave a sigh if you say ‘yes.’
15. There should be a requirement for disconnecting from all technology for at least at least five hours a week for all people with smartphones.
16. While I’m at that: America needs to make like France and tell people it’s illegal to check your work email after 6p.m. C’mon, Obama!
17. If we all learned about what it takes for a single flower to grow – the miraculous science behind it – we would not take so much for granted and we’d all probably move our offices outdoors and be a happier human race. Probably.
18. You can have multiple places you call home and you don’t have to justify them to anyone.
19. Long, silent drives are cheap therapy. Long, silent night drives are practically sacred.
20. Tell whoever you’re thinking about that you are, in fact, thinking of them the very moment you do. Don’t miss a chance to make someone’s day.
21. If we couldn’t laugh, we would all go insane.
(Alright, I’m gonna give that one to my boy Jimmy Buffett. I didn’t really say that. You can quote me on everything else.)
22. There should always be room in the grocery budget for fresh flowers, especially if your favorites are available. And men: don’t tell me you don’t have a favorite flower. Don’t be a pansy! (har har)
23. Never take anything personally. It’s easier said than done, but with practice you’ll find it to be quite relieving.
24. Why isn’t there a service that delivers wine 24/7? Don’t steal that. I’m on to something.